Michelangelo?s famous marble ?David? in the Accademia Gallery is just one of a series of statues of the Old Testament hero that will be seen on this half-day, private tour.
The Old Testament figure of David, the young giant-killer who saved the Hebrew people from tyranny, had special meaning for Renaissance Florentines who saw their city under constant threat from envious rival states. The tour starts in the Piazza della Repubblica, site of Florence's former Jewish Ghetto; it was dismantled in the late 19th century when the city center was modernized.
We will then explore the political and artistic symbolism of David as portrayed in five masterworks of Renaissance sculpture: Ghiberti's dazzling, gilt-bronze relief of "David Slaying Goliath" for the Baptistery doors; Donatello's two versions of the young hero in marble and bronze and Verrocchio's bronze statue in the Bargello Museum and Michelangelo's monumental marble "David" for the Piazza Signoria, now housed in the Accademia Museum.
A tour of the Great Synagogue and its Jewish Museum can also be arranged, as well as lunch at the community?s Kosher restaurant.
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